Some of you might know that back in 2005, EA and Steven Spielberg decided they would make a â€œblockbuster gameâ€ together. Deals were signed! Development teams formed! Codenames were given! (â€œLMNOâ€ was the supposed title of the game but it was pronounced â€œElementalâ€.) Progress happened but then things went quiet.
Now, it turns out that the game is officially dead, and some are speculating that it could be because another game beat them to the market.
According to the very first reports on the EA-Spielberg collaboration, the game was set in World War II and players would take on the role of the first Secret Service agents battling the Nazis in covert operations. It was supposed to be â€œJames Bond meets Medal of Honourâ€. It also sounds somewhat familiar now because Pandemic made the game first. It was called The Saboteur and EA published it as well. Oops.
This is all according to one Jake Kazdal who was on the development team for LMNO and said in a very noncommittal way: â€œThere was some rival game stuff that may or may not have come out of EA that was basically the same thing minus some of the stuff we were doing. There was just a lot of politics.â€
Furthermore, CVG is reporting that they have a source that has confirmed that EA felt two Nazi-era spy games were too much, and so LMNO got the axe. Of course, this doesn’t really explain why this got shelved now when The Saboteur came out a while ago.
Last Updated: October 12, 2010